I heard someone talking about gas prices recently. They were given a simple answer to a simple question:
Q: Why have gas prices gotten so much cheaper?
A: Because of the increased supply available.
Very true. In addition to the normal sources of Russia, OPEC, Canada, Venezuela, etc., the shale extraction in the US has dramatically increased our production as well. There is a lot more to go around. Add to that an increased focus on the environment and fuel efficiency, and you end up with cheaper gasoline.
All very true, but if you look beyond the surface, there is something far more sinister going on. Last week I heard a businessman provide a different answer to the question above. He said that OPEC (that extracts their oil far cheaper than the shale production costs here in Texas, for instance) hates the fact that we’ve discovered an alternative to some of our need for their oil production. They like the control and captivity their production and our consumption provides. They were essentially declaring war and using increased oil production as the weapon.
This is a far different picture than the simple answer that most people find upon first inspection. At our house church family celebration in a barn last night, we were talking about the true meaning of Christmas. To many, Christmas is about presents, family, and maybe even a baby in a manger. But Jesus’ arrival on the scene was about something far greater. His arrival in this world was an invasion. He came to disrupt, establish, and tilt the balance of power in everyone’s life. No one knew this better than our enemy:
There is a much larger story going on in the petroleum industry as there was in the simple birth of a baby born a little over 2,000 years ago. And there is a much larger story unfolding all around you every day. The Kingdom continues to advance and as a crucial player in it, your unique role to play is desperately needed. Living with a world view that places you within that story and recognizes that you have an enemy set completely against you, will change everything.
Are you living your life in awareness of the larger story and our enemy set against us?
Is that an active part of your perspective in your approach to those you love and lead?
What is it costing you and others to not operate with a world view that is aware of the larger story and our enemy?